Michelle - posted on 02/04/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
My baby (4 months) started to have blood in her stools around 2 months, and her stools became mucus-y (green, lots of mucus). We were fairly certain that my 3.5 year old has Celiac Disease. She had the exact same symptoms as a baby, but it took us about 14 months to get her well. Anyway, back to baby: So immediately, I touched base with our Ped, and we agreed that I should eliminate gluten from my diet (and of course, she referred us to our old pal, the pediatric GI). The blood eased up considerably, but didn't completely go away. The Pediatric GI wanted me to also go off of dairy and soy since there were still traces of blood in her stools. (Also, she was prescribed Axid for reflux). I have done that, and we haven't seen blood since (except once when I ate a contaminate by mistake). However, her stools are still NOT AT ALL NORMAL! They are always very mucus-y, not seedy at all. They are usually green, but right now they are much more yellow. I have tried eliminating eggs, nuts, berries, beef, and pork as well, and I just feel like I am spinning my wheels! Is there anyone else out there in the same boat? The specialist says that the blood is much more worrisome than the mucus, and as long as we are free of blood, not to worry about the mucus so much. BUT…..I am terrified that she will start to have worse problems and lose weight. That is what happened with my older daughter. When I stopped breastfeeding her and removed gluten from her diet, she was suddenly fine! Since Celiac Disease runs in my husband's family, and all the symptoms seemed to fit the Celiac mold, we assumed that she has CD. But NOW, since my baby's symptoms don't seems to be completely resolved, I am wondering if I was off-base with the assumption of CD in my older daughter. (Her biopsy was inconclusive.) It's crazy! I am spending SO much time in the kitchen, making 3 meals a day from scratch, and I feel like my milk still contains something that is bothering her little gut. I'm just wondering if there's anyone out there that is dealing with (or has dealt with) similar issues. What are you finding out as you go along?